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Drivers in McDonald’s queue block ambulance on call out rather than lose place

The video has surfaced on Facebook.

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McDonald’s customers have been queueing for hours for a takeaway since branches reopened, and now some have been blasted for not moving out of the way of an ambulance.

Paramedics driving the ambulance were left fighting the McDonald’s traffic queue in Wolverhampton this week.

In footage that has been shared on social media, a steward in a hi-vis jacket is forced to direct the ambulance out of trouble as drivers refuse to budge and risk losing their spot in the queue for a burger.

Traffic jams have sprung up and down the country as McDonald’s reopened their drive-thrus for takeaway services, after being closed for months during the lockdown.

Hundreds of cars waiting for a burger created a mile-long jam in Salisbury yesterday morning, and drive-thrus in Manchester also saw huge queues. 

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In Wolverhampton, people have been furious with the ambulance-blocking queues, and outing drivers behaviour as ‘appalling’.

The clip was posted on Facebook by Tia-Anne Sterling, who captioned the video: “People aren’t moving from a McDonald’s queue for an ambulance!

“I am absolutely appalled to see how selfish people are. No one is letting these ambulances through.

“I feel sick. Imagine if this was an ambulance for a loved one, or someone close to you! What has the world come to?”

And viewers responded with equal disgust. 

One woman wrote: “Those people should be absolutely ashamed of themselves! it’s a McDonald’s [you] can get it anytime!”

Another wrote: “The annoying [thing] is that it’s going to keep happening now they’re all opening because people are too selfish to care.”

One man said: “How desperate are those people to get a f*****g McDonald’s meal.”

Tia-anne Sterling / Facebook

McDonald’s revealed plans to have all of its 924 drive-thrus opened by the end of today, and warned people to expect ‘high demand’.

The menu has been slimmed and the teams working in-store have been reduced in order to allow for safe social distancing of the staff. 

This coupled with high demand for a Big Mac has left huge queues outside the drive-thrus.

McDonald’s is asking people to spend no more than £25 at drive-thrus, and to use home-delivery to try and control the high demand.

What do you think of the queues, how could McDonald’s better handle these situations? Let us know in the Facebook comments. 

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‘Hero’ Asda delivery driver goes extra mile to make sure customer gets their order in snowstorm

What a legend!

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An Asda delivery driver has gone viral after being picturing delivering food in a snow storm.

Many people are relying on grocery shops via delivery during lockdown, and this driver has definitely gone the extra mile (well, technically a quarter of a mile). 

Sharing the news on Facebook, Asda wrote: “We’re really proud of home shopping driver Paul from our Keighley store who battled through the snow and walked a quarter of a mile to ensure his delivery made it to a farm.”

The customer’s neighbour, Phill Andrew shared the pictures on Facebook writing ‘top marks to the Asda delivery driver who got stuck outside our house today’. 

He continued: “Well done for going the extra mile, {well quarter mile.} Ensuring delivery got to its destination at the farm.”

Phill Andrew / Facebook

Driver Paul works at the Keighley store, where Nigel Tyne-Miller the home shopping section leader called him a hero. 

He said: “Drivers will always try their best, but that’s going above and beyond to ensure your customer gets their order. To go so far down a snow-covered farm track is something else, and the pictures say it all. You can see Paul’s got his head down and battling through the snow.

“We’re all really proud of him. All our delivery drivers deserve applause – not just in Keighley but all over – because they really were terrible conditions yesterday.

“I’m sure the customer couldn’t believe it when he turned up in that weather. I’ve heard a few stories today from drivers saying customers were amazed to see them and had just assumed they wouldn’t be able to get out and make their deliveries.

“But we’ve got elderly and vulnerable customers and with the lockdown we know customers are relying on us so we’ll always do our very best to make sure they get what they need.

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“I’m sure he’s not the only one who’s gone so far out of his way to make a delivery – there will be drivers in other stores doing similar things, as it’s what we do. There were a few cancelled orders yesterday, as unfortunately it’s unavoidable in that weather, but we did our best to keep it to a minimum.

“There have been some great examples of everyone mucking in together too. One of our drivers had to dig out a driver for another supermarket who’d got stuck and once they were clear they pulled over and helped our driver so he didn’t get stuck.”

Asda chief operating officer Anthony Hemmerdinger posted on Instagram to thank Paul for his amazing efforts, saying: “This is one of many examples of our teams going the extra mile today.”

What a man! 

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Nurses ‘in tears’ after group of friends send huge stack of pizzas to hospital anonymously

The friends sent the pizza to staff at their local critical care unit

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A group of friends chipped in to order a load of pizzas to nurses working on a critical care unit, in a fantastic act of kindness.

One of the nurses who received the food said she was ‘lost for words’, after some anonymous good Samaritans ordered a huge takeaway for staff at their local hospital.

Critical care nurse Tina Waltho tweeted a photo of the pizza boxes, which turned up this week at the Royal Stoke University Hospital.

Staff were surprised when a takeaway driver dropped off six pizzas – margherita, pepperoni, meat feast, chicken, BBQ and veggie – as well as two garlic breads from an ‘unknown source’.

The pizzas had been sent by a group of close friends, who had dipped into their own pockets to spread some cheer to under-pressure and hungry NHS workers.

Tina said: “At a time when healthcare staff feel so low and deflated, responses like this remind us that we are supported.”

She added in a later tweet: “The nurse who had been in charge on the day shift was in tears. She had barely eaten all day and was a little emotional. It really has reported our faith in humans”. 

The tweet received a lot of praise, with thousands of retweets and likes, and some people even saying they would copy their example and make a similar gesture.

One person wrote: “What an amazing gesture. The next generation make me proud.”

While the group of friends remain anonymous, nurses did discover that the pizzas came from a takeaway based in Stone, Staffordshire.

*An earlier version of this article said the pizza was sent by a group of sixth form students, this has been corrected.

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Jason Manford has been driving the elderly and vulnerable to their Covid-19 vaccinations

He shared his busy day with his followers

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Jason Manford has been out and about in Greater Manchester, helping people get their Covid-19 vaccinations.

The comedian has been out in Stockport helping locals get to vaccine centres, and he managed to get a cheeky dig in at anti-vaxxers while he was at it.

The 39-year-old posted a photo from a vaccination centre car park in Heald Green, sharing his ‘busy day’ with his followers.

Jason, who’s from Salford, took aim at people who believe anti-vaccination theories about Bill Gates and microchips.

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He wrote: “Busy day at the vaccination centre today here in Heald Green. Have already taken 3 people & have got another 3 to do! Same again tomorrow & Friday.

“I do wonder why Bill Gates wants to chip poor old Doris from Offerton, but ours is not to reason why I suppose.”

Fans took to the comments to praise the comic, with one saying: “Doing a fantastic job, Jason. World’s a better place with people like you in it”.

Another added: “Absolute credit . Other celebs should take a leaf out of your book pal”.

Jason Manford / Instagram

Jason was previously awarded for his efforts in helping others during the coronavirus crisis, receiving The High Sheriff of Greater Manchester Special Recognition Award.

The comedian said he was ‘chuffed’ to receive the award, after he was recognised for his ‘outstanding activity and contributing to the community amid the coronavirus pandemic’ as a volunteer at charity Rainbow Haven.

He added that it was a privilege to ‘do his bit’ during these testing times.

 

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